22 February, 2017 | By Dimitry
The West area of Amsterdam combines the best of all worlds. A busy urban life, calm nature and idyllic corner cafés.
A visit to the West side of Amsterdam is refreshing, especially after the crowded city centre. West has that great mix of cultures and economic levels which makes it a vibrant neighborhood. Although there are some streets that are quickly gentrifying, where you can find hipster cafés next to ethnic shops, West is still more of a residential area for now, a place for locals, not yet conquered by tourists. There is even a windmill here (De Otter), a surprising sight in the middle of the city.
Most of the buildings in West were constructed in the first half of the twentieth century. Some streets are really lovely with interesting details on the buildings. The streets near Vondelpark are filled with impressive 19th century houses while at the end of Jacob van Lennepkade are great apartments with all kinds of animal heads in the entryways.
In May of 2010, the district of Oud-West merged with the districts of Bos en Lommer, De Baarsjes and Westerpark to form the district of Stadsdeel West. We’ll consider some of the western edges of De Baarsjes and Bos en Lommer as well as the Westerpark area as a separate neighborhood for the purposes of this site as they also offer a lot of great places to highlight. Not to mention the Spaarndammerbuurt!
Ten Katestraat crosses Kinkerstraat close to the middle of its length. Here you can find Ten Katemarkt street market six days a week. Vendors sell fruits, vegetables, flowers, cheese, fish, bicycle accessories, clothing and many other items. It’s a terrific neighborhood market that is always busy.
Overtoom and De Clercqstraat are also good shopping streets. On Overtoom you will find the bustling Marqt organic supermarket with all kinds of delicious, healthy foods. A bit further up Overtoom are quite a few furniture shops, a great place to look for household items like lighting and sofas.
Here are a few pictures from a day spent in Amsterdam West:Show properties in Old West